CLAMP’s momoko illustration + end of CLAMP-NET.COM?

CLAMP drew an illustration to promote the release of PW-momoko ae <CLAMP>:

On other news, there is a rather strange announcement that appeared on CLAMP-NET.COM today.

The announcement informs that the services for CLAMP@MOBiLE and CLAMP-NET.COM will be terminated on December 31, 2012. It appears that both sites/services will be shut down on this date.

They don’t give any further explanation for the reason behind this, but I would guess (and hope) that they are planning to release a brand new CLAMP website, with a new URL, starting on January 1st, 2013.

I simply cannot see CLAMP without an official website, so let’s wait for more information about this as the date draws closer.

If anyone with japanese knowledge would be willing to provide any further information, that would be much appreciated.

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CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 further reports

Here’s one last (?) round up of reports from the CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 event I was able to gather from several sources.

– The XXXHOLiC OAD screening was cut after 30 minutes or so and the message “continues on the DVD out March 9” was shown.
– “XXXHOLiC Rou” is over, for the time being.
– Ohkawa asked the other CLAMP members how they felt regarding XXXHOLiC ending. Mokona said she’s “relieved” (as in, after running a huge marathon), Satsuki and Nekoi said they want to reread it because for the moment they are a little confused about it.
– OAD Director Tsutomu Mizushima wanted to come to the event but was unable to.
– CLAMP asked the audience who was the main character in XXXHOLiC: Yuuko or Watanuki. CLAMP thinks it’s Watanuki, Tsutomu Mizushima thinks it’s Yuuko.
– They don’t think Doumeki is “ikemen“, same as they don’t think Watanuki is “bishounen“.
– When the last chapter of “Rou” was finished, they celebrated drinking until morning even though they had to work on the following day.
– They mentioned the episode in France where CLAMP were asked about the lack of kissing scenes in their works. The kiss between Hana and Chikahito was a response to that.
– Hana’s gender was also discussed. The majority of the audience thinks she is a girl, but there were also those who thought her as genderless. CLAMP didn’t said anything, though.
– For GATE 7 color illustrations, first they draw and paint the characters using analog instruments. Then they scan the picture and background and other effects (flowers) are added using CG. You can check this more clearly on the picture of GATE 7’s gallery in CLAMP-NET.COM’s report below.
– CLAMP said that they want to do more events of this nature and art exhibitions in the future.

Sources: http://harano2006.blog60.fc2.com/, http://delta99.blog6.fc2.com/

CLAMP-NET.COM posted their report up here with a few (very small) pics.

CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 Report (Updated)

The two-day event CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 took place in Ikebukuro (Tokyo) this weekend, on the second day, the XXXHOLiC Rou Adayume OAD had its first screening and a CLAMP Talk Show was held. There are several reports spread around the internet from the people who managed to go.

Here is a summary of the highlights of both days (mild XXXHOLiC manga and OAD spoilers alert).

– Looks like a Yuuko Blythe doll was announced (not sure if it’ll be released in the future);
– Apart from original color art and manuscript, GATE 7 character settings were exposed;
– GATE 7 color illustrations are a mix of analog and digital drawing techniques. CG is used for final touches (as I thought);
– XXXHOLiC Rou Adayume OAD’s length is 20 minutes (Update: this source says 30 minutes or more).
– Looks like the OAD ends in a cliffhanger…

CLAMP Talk Show:

– The final chapter of XXXHOLiC manga readers will feel either “surprised” or “relieved”;
– XXXHOLiC artbook announcement;
– The editors of Jump SQ joined as guests to talk about GATE 7;
– CLAMP are not used to draw GATE 7 yet (because it’s a new work);
– The most difficult one seems to be Chikahito. Hana is the easiest;
Code Geass talk. CLAMP’s original concepts for Boukoku no Akito were shown.

Source: http://ameblo.jp/kainsevenster/

Here are some pictures taken from various sources around the web and twitter (click to enlarge them):

In the pictures above, you can see flowers sent by Sunrise (Code Geass animation studio) and Bandai Visual (the distributor of the majority of CLAMPs anime works).

Nice to have the XXXHOLiC artbook finally announcement!

CLAMP-NET.COM just announced that an official report of CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 will be posted on the website soon!

CLAMP NEWS !!

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

02/04 – Jump SQ #03 – Chapter 1 – Color pages, GATE7 will feature the magazine cover.
03/04 – Jump SQ #04 – Chapter 2 – Color pages.
04/04 – Jump SQ #05 – Chapter 3.

It’s worth mentioning that CLAMP considers this Chapter as Chapter 1. According to the french publisher KAZE, which published the GATE7 oneshot in France, the oneshot won’t be carried in the tankoubon.

Also, loving all the color pages =) And check out the GATE7 page at CLAMP-NET.COM.

• TV Appearance:

GATE7 will be featured in the TV show Saki-yomi Jan BANG!, the show airs every week on TV Tokyo and is centered to Shueisha’s Jump magazine and manga brand.

GATE7’s segment will air on the February 4 episode.

CLAMP-NET.COM mentions that the show will feature both CLAMP and GATE7. Will CLAMP members make an appearance as well? I hope so!

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

01/10 – Newtype #02 – Drop. 23 (on sale).
02/10 – Newtype #03 – Drop. 24.
03/10 – Newtype #04 – Drop. 25.

No changes in Kobato.’s schedule.

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

01/08 – Bessatsu Shonen Magazine #02 – Chapter 212 (on sale).
02/09 – Bessatsu Shonen Magazine #03 – Chapter 213 – XXXHOLiC will feature the front cover. Final chapter.

And this is the last time you will see XXXHOLiC’s schedule in this LiveJournal.

• Event:

We are a few days away from the launch of the CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 event, more pictures of the exclusive goods that will be on sale at the event were released:


A2 size poster (as previously announced).


2 chocolate sets with package illustrated by CLAMP.


Tote bags featuring the dolls designed by CLAMP x Blythe collaboration.


Kobato. fleece (explanation here).


Fes!Vinyl Bag.

There will be several cool attractions at the event such as QR codes spread throughout the venue with cellphone wallpaper gifts and a chance to win a GATE7 color deco (explanation here) if you answer to 3 questions correctly from the quizz that will be set at the event.

XXXHOLiC Rou Adayume OAD news, plus

The official website of the XXXHOLiC Rou Adayume OAD was updated to inform that the after-recording sessions have ended. According to the website, the new OAD will cover the episode of Doumeki as a child.

The website also has a few screenshots of the upcoming OAD. You must click on the “screenshot” button written in japanese in order to see them (4th button).

The OAD will premiere on February 6 at the CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 special event. A promotional movie is expected to be released soon at the official website.

This website has a preview of the Koukan-Nikki doujinshi in which CLAMP participated as guest artists. You must click on the “Hai” button in order to see it (1st button).

Lastly, I don’t know if this information is any helpful for anyone but Animate is selling a clearfile with the crossover illustration from the CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 poster. Not sure if they deliver overseas but this can be an easier way of having a clearfile (not a poster) with that illustration without having to attend the @MOBiLE event.

CLAMP NEWS !!

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

01/10 – Newtype #02 – Drop. 23 (on sale).
02/10 – Newtype #03 – Drop. 24.
03/10 – Newtype #04 – Drop. 25.

With Kobato.’s page increase in Newtype, I’m predicting volume 6 will be released around July-August, if no breaks are taken.

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

01/08 – Bessatsu Shonen Magazine #02 – Chapter 212 (on sale).
02/09 – Bessatsu Shonen Magazine #03 – Chapter 213 – XXXHOLiC will feature the front cover. Final chapter

• Event:

Probably the most important news of today, the special page of CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 at CLAMP-NET.COM was updated revealing the new illustration that will be featured in the A2 size poster to be sold exclusively at the event:

For other CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 news, please refer to the clamp-mobile tag.

The two-days event will take place on February 5 and 6.

May I say that I (obviously) LOVED the illustration? I was expecting a crossover illustration! So happy to see an “updated” illustration of CLAMP’s characters. Tsubasa gang wearing their ultimate clothes, Watanuki in his ultimate self, the GATE7 cast (clearly visible as CLAMP’s front work) and so very happy to see Kamui (and his wings) and the Gouhou Drug duo =)